We've already seen churches do amazing things when the Torch has come their way. Now the Games themselves get ever closer.
Whatever you are planning, be sure to register your event to get it on the map - go to www.morethangold.org.uk/map
Meanwhile here's news of the latest resources to help you and your church make the most of the Games.
Keep working. Keep praying.
Get your events on the map
WHATEVER YOU are planning for the Games, be sure to get it on our interactive map. Just go to www.morethangold.org.uk/map
We'll also use your information to make your event known - including to the media. And we'll link it to LOGOG's Local Leaders.
You can use the map yourself to see what else is happening in your neck of the woods.
It is also a big thank you to Graham Crosbie who made the map possible as a volunteer. We'd be lost without great people like him.
Still time to sort your Games festival event
IT IS NOT too late for your church to make an event of the opening night, middle Saturday or the great closing ceremony.
And just out is a new website, with all a church needs to start from scratch and be ready in time. It gives you free access to five videos showing effective community festivals in action.
For a small charge of £12, other resources can be downloaded including practical guides on publicity and how to run games. Plus a step-by-step guide to being ready in time.
Access the resources by clicking on www.2012.fusionyac.org
Put Chariots of Fire to work and maybe walk the red carpet
IN TOUCH WITH people not ready for Alpha but still ready to talk? Then the re-release of the award winning Chariots of Fire is an ideal answer - with free resources available to smooth the way.
It's all so easy. Invite a group to watch the film together after its release on 13th July. Then use the free resources from Damaris to fuel discussion on the film's powerful themes.
There's a leaders guide and even clips from the film to help with the exploration of themes like passion, dedication and trust.
Build Chariots of Fire into your outreach and you could even win tickets for the star-studded premier. For all you need go to www.damaris.org/chariots-church
Great give-aways for youth
RUNNING SOMETHING special for youth or children? Or want something Olympic-themed for your regular activities with them? Check out these great free giveaways at www.morethangold.org.uk/webshop
Prof Bumblebrain's Absolute Bonkers Champions Comic Includes God's champions from the Bible; what God means to some real athletes and sporty puzzles
Personal Best Comic Book. Meet God's champions from the Bible; discover what God means to some real athletes and take part in sporty puzzles
Briefly - but still important
Wisdom on publicity: A new page on our website keeps you out of trouble with LOCOG and links you to helpful resources including a guide to letting your local media know your plans. Go here.
Follow the Torch in prayer: There's still a way to go before the Torch Relay and our accompanying Prayer Relay end up in London when the Games open. For daily prayers to use go here.
On the pulse with Facebook and Twitter: There are regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter, including our prayers for each day. Our Twitter hashtags are #mtg2012 for all news and #mtgprayer for prayer needs Our links are Facebook and Twitter.
Please give thanks for:
- The significant events that have followed the Prayer Relay as blessings have shared between communities
- The way churches have engaged with their communities to welcome the Olympic Torch
- The large numbers from over 40 nations coming to serve UK churches as part of mission teams
Please pray for:
- Wisdom for churches as they put final touches to their plans for the 2012 Games
- Strength to the core team at More Than Gold as the pressure builds
- Prepare hearts and minds for the Good News that will be seen and heard across the UK over the coming weeks
For daily prayers during the Torch Relay download at link
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